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Latest timber industry news, updated Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Liberals pledge $10m to AKD Softwoods

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attended AKD Softwood’s Caboolture sawmill with local LNP candidate for Longman Mr Trevor Ruthenberg to announce a $10 million pledge towards the $50 million expansion of the mill. Source: Timberbiz It is expected that this expansion will add 100 new jo
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Kangaroo Island timber valued at $107m

As part of its end of financial year reporting duties, Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers (KIPT) has sought a revaluation of its standing timber. Source: Timberbiz The company owns 86% of the plantation timber on Kangaroo Island – pine and bluegum – the majority of which is ready for
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National forestry log load restraint trial 

The Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) is seeking expressions of interest from forestry contracting businesses to participate in a national trial of Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE eg Dyneema) Lashing to establish whether it is a viable means of log rest
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Forestry operations under microscope

The controversy surrounding the harvesting of a coupe at a traditional timber town, Noojee in West Gippsland, highlights the issues facing the native forest industry. By Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz. A full hearing of the Federal Court, likely in February, will hear a claim by the Fri
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Gold win for Metsa from EcoVadis

Overall Metsä Board was ranked in the top 1% of suppliers assessed by EcoVadis across all categories. Source: Timberbiz EcoVadis operates a platform allowing companies to assess the environmental and social performance of its suppliers on a global basis. The criteria include four them
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WOULDWOOD develops systems for environmentally friendly construction

Building in wood has become increasingly interesting from a climate perspective. Additive manufacturing means potential for near-production that reduces environmental impacts. Source: Timberbiz Now, the WOULDWOOD project is being launched aiming for a new 3D system for sustainable des
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Ligna 2019 offers access to new growth markets

Ligna 2019 (27 to 31 May) will put the spotlight on three key themes: “Integrated Manufacturing – Customized Solutions”, “Smart Surface Technologies” and “Access to Resources and Technology”. Source: Timberbiz For primary wood industry players, the world’s leading trade fair for machi
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Green Triangle plan for B-Doubles on track

B-Doubles will now be able to travel from the South Australian town of Penola directly to Casterton, Victoria, after a road upgrade was officially completed. Source: ATN Funded jointly by the Commonwealth and South Australian governments, the $1.33 million project saw shoulder-sealing
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Kauri dieback creeping towards Tane Mahuta

Kauri dieback disease has been confirmed in a young tree just 60 metres from the iconic New Zealand Tane Mahuta. Source: Stuff NZ The discovery means the 100% fatal fungal disease could already be well within the spread of the giant tree’s root system in Waipoua Forest, about 45
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